Resting on the Edge of Uncertainty

Feb to March 2013 312Jazzy balanced herself on the narrow step. She soaked in the warmth from a small patch of light that beamed through a high window in our front room. Rays reflecting through the glass chandelier painted a rainbow on her head.




As the sun warmed her fur, she began to close her eyes.


While snoozing on a staircase didn’t seem like a good idea to me, I wasn’t worried about my precious pooch. I just kept staring at the rainbow resting on her forehead.


It was like a kiss from God.


Feb to March 2013 309You’re covered by My promises, no matter how precarious your current position may be.


This was a message I desperately needed to hear.



Right smack in the ninth month of my husband’s unemployment, the enemy seemed determined to tempt me into despair.


Although we have no income, we praise God that our savings lasted us a full eight months. But, with rent due on April 1st, and with no idea how we were going to pay our bills, I started to feel the pinch of discouragement.


Immediately, the Lord sent his angels to minister to us.


They arrived at intervals to replenish our hopes and our bank account.


And last week, Alan received his first interview. He’s in the fourth stage of the interview process. If all goes well, he will start work on April 1st! Hallelujah!


Feb to March 2013 308As I scratched Jazzy behind the ear, I thanked God for reminding me that we can trust Him as we teeter on the edge of uncertainty.





The prophet Isaiah proclaims:


“But now, this is what the LORD says?he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” (Isaiah 43:1-3a, NIV, emphasis mine)


As I watched my pooch resting peacefully on the narrow step, a rainbow caressing her forehead, I realized the powerful truth behind these verses.


Not if, but when, we’re afflicted, we can stand in courage because of Who God is and because He’s always with us.


We may not know where our manna is coming from tomorrow, but we trust God will provide. We’ve got rainbows splashing across our staircase to prove that His promises still stand firm!




“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So, we say in confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6, NIV)


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A Writer’s Prayer: Clinging to You, Lord!

Shadows holding hands by Lindsie Nicole West - adobe edited“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4, NIV




Thank You, Lord, for inspiring our dreams and igniting our passion to honor You with every word we write.


Help us delight in Your goodness, rejoicing as we acknowledge Your sovereignty.


Help us delight in Your faithfulness, praising You for revealing Your love to us in times of tears and times of laughter.


Help us delight in Who You are, and what You’ve done for us, as we place every moment of our lives on the altar as an offering of our devotion.


Help us follow in courage as we worship in joy that does not depend on our circumstances.


Help us cling to You alone, knowing You will bring to fruition the beautiful plan You’ve written for our lives.


May knowing You intimately be the ultimate desire of our hearts, Abba.


Align our desires with Yours, Lord.


Please, do what You will, loving Shepherd.


And help us trust You.


In Jesus’ name, Amen




Portions of this prayer were previously published on the Inspire Christian Writer’s blog  on April 1, 2012



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The Refill Station’s March Maddness: Donations Needed!

Misc Jan-Feb 2013 Pix 011I’m so excited to see what God is going to do as we love on our neighbors at Padan Elementary through this new ministry outreach opportunity.





The Refill Station is in dire need of donations so Padan students will be ready for the upcoming STAR testing and for the remainder of the year!


They also need copy paper and ink, which is used daily.


Consumable school supplies are no longer stacked on their shelves.


But, you can help make a difference!


The Refill Station Snacks PixPlease prayerfully consider donating to The Refill Station, an outreach ministry program sponsored by First Baptist Church in Vacaville, CA.




This ministry is designed to encourage the students and staff at Padan Elementary School by providing consumable school supplies, including individually wrapped healthy snacks, year-round.


Who can donate to The Refill Station?


1. Individuals


2. Families


3. Businesses


4. Small Groups / Bible Study Groups


5. Ministry Teams (i.e. Seniors, Young Adults, Youth Groups, Food Ministries, etc.)


How can you get your donations to us?


1. We collect donations in front of First Baptist Church in Vacaville, CA every first Sunday, after the 8am service and before and after the 9:30am and 11am services. (Please see address below.)


2. You can mail or drop off donations for The Refill Station (supplies & monetary donations, including cash) during regular office hours at:


First Baptist Church

1127 Davis Street

Vacaville, CA 95687


3. We also accept mailed donations (Supplies and Checks/Money Orders Payable to First Baptist Church / memo: THE REFILL STATION; no cash please) directly to:


Alan & Xochi Dixon

ATTN: The Refill Station

P. O. Box 1168

Suisun City, CA 94585


When is our first donation drop off?


During the week of March 25, 2013.


Every student and every staff member needs to know we care.


Every person makes a difference and every little bit helps!


Thank you for praying for this ministry and for the students and staff at Padan Elementary School!


“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8, NIV)




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A Writer’s Prayer: Let Your Mercy Flow

Rushing Water through the woods by LEP edited 2012“It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 13:4, NIV




Thank You for welcoming us into Your presence, Lord.


You are transcendent and immanent. You are our faithful Shepherd and our Wise Counselor.


You call us to serve You and equip us for the work You have planned for us. Please give us discerning and obedient hearts as we seek Your will for us.


Identify anything we are placing above You in our lives and purge us of impure motives. Fill us with courage to follow You, even when the path looks impossible or doesn’t make sense.


Help us not to limit You by setting expectations or measuring our success by worldly standards.


No matter what we are facing or how we are feeling, empower us with Your truth.


Let Your mercy flow like a gushing river, through the moments that feel shadowed by our circumstances and the moments showered in Your Light.


Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10, NIV)


Yes, Lord, it is You we are committed to serve with every breath we take and every word we write.


In Jesus’ name, Amen




Previously Published on Inspire Christian Writers Website on March 25, 2012

Photo by Lauren Pfahlert



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